B i o g r a p h y
Brent is an avid performer and teacher based in Kansas City, MO. In 2018, Brent began performing with the Wichita Symphony as their principal trombonist. He has also performed with the Fountain City Brass Band, Orchestra Iowa, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and is on the substitute list with other orchestras across the Midwest. Brent appeared as a guest soloist with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band in July 2017, in addition to performing with the Mason City Municipal Band from 2009 to 2013 and the Waterloo Municipal Band in 2015. Brent has also performed with several professional jazz bands across Iowa including the Mason City Jazz Coalition Big Band, Don't Quit Your Day Job Big Band, and the Bill Shepherd Big Band with whom he recorded a CD in 2014.
As a Master’s student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Brent was a member of the graduate fellowship brass quintet Volker Brass. During those two years, Volker Brass was a semi-finalist and Senior Division American Brass Quintet Prize award winner at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition, they placed 3rd in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Wind competition in 2018, were a 2019 MTNA Chamber Music Wind national finalist, and alternates in the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2019 Coltman and Plowman competitions. In addition to a busy performing and competition calendar, Brent took part in over 25 educational outreach performances as a member of Volker Brass.
As an educator, Brent has been teaching private lessons since 2013. Brent was the education intern with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony from June 2015 to April 2017, managing performer outreach programs, coordinating and organizing volunteers for the Instrument Petting Zoo program, and helping the management team with advertising and educational literature. During his undergraduate studies in music education at the University of Northern Iowa, he served as the district and state Student Affairs committee chair for the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association from August 2015 to May 2017. One of Brent’s aspirations is to help young people process their emotions and find their voice through performing music.
Professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American Federation of Musicians, and International Trombone Association. Brent plays Antoine-Courtois trombones and Austin Custom Brass mouthpieces